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The year 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Damon Hill's coronation as Formula One world champion. For the first time ever, he tells the story of his journey through the last golden era of the sport, when he took on the greats, including Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, and emerged victorious as world champion in 1996, stepping out of the shadow of his legendary father, Graham Hill.

Away from the grid, Watching the Wheels: My Autobiography is an astonishingly candid account of what it was like to grow up as the son of one of the country's most famous racing drivers. It also tells the unflinching story of dealing with the grief and chaos that followed his father's tragically early death in an aircraft accident in 1975, when Damon was 15 years old.

Formula One drivers have always been aware of their mortality, and the rush that comes with the danger of racing was as intoxicating for Hill as it had been for his father's generation, until he came face-to-face with catastrophe when his teammate, Ayrton Senna, was killed in 1994. Hill was faced with swirling emotions in light of the death of Senna, which was a defining moment for his generation of drivers, and for the first time ever Hill talks candidly about the impact that Senna had on his life, even as he watched his own son step into motor racing.

Courageously honest and hugely rewarding, Watching the Wheels is a return to the last golden era of F1 racing, whose image still burns ferociously for those who love the sport for what it reveals about human skill in the face of or near certain death.

©2016 Damon Hill (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • C. Wicks
  • 12-01-16

A Champion and a Gentleman

As a fan of Damon's back in the glory days of F1 it was humbling to be allowed to enjoy such a frank honest appraisal of his time in F1. It was fascinating to learn of his struggles in formula 1 within the context of the mental challenges he has been put through. From the years leading up to his father's tragic accident right the way through to his tough (and from the outside, confusing) final year at Jordan, this book is fascinating for its motoring and human insights.

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  • Christopher Horton
  • 05-10-17

Watching The Wheels

Fascinating insight behind the scenes of Damon's career, highly recommended. A must for Formula One fans

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  • rob
  • 11-24-16

great listen

Very good insight to Damons life.
the tears laughter and cheers for are F1 Champion.
only problem about chapter 20 Narrator ends the book ....

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  • Mr. Christopher Draper
  • 11-02-16

URGENT EDITING REQUIRED

This is a brilliant book.

However 3 hours and 33 minutes left it is interrupted by several retakes of audio. The narrator says sorry a few times before re reading sections. PLEASE look at this before too many people download this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-23-16

Brilliant!

A really interesting and inspiring insight into Damons life experiences, mind and the world of Formula One. After reading this I respect his achievements even more, a true champion! Damon, thank you for sharing.

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  • Coffeeholic
  • 11-29-16

Amazing - beyond my expectations

OK, I wouldn't normally read books about people. Books for me are fiction; escaping from reality. However, this book changed my view. The honesty, and intelligence with which it is written is extraordinary. I have. Nothing to say, but please read this!!! (What let's it down however, is the messy editing of the recording; leaving the middle part of the book confusing due to studio error I imagine; as an X broadcaster myself. I'm sure you will never read this Damon, but thank you!

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  • S. Roche
  • 05-22-18

Great 'read', but.....

... terrible narration. very odd phrasing and clearly no subject knowledge. Detracts terribly. Great otherwise.

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  • Jim
  • 04-08-18

Wow what a great great book

So much more than F1 book this blew me away, nice fella.

Great narration as well took me straight back to the early 90’s

Brutally honest as well.

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  • Clive D.
  • 11-01-17

Brilliant honest insightful. Didn't want it to end!

Strikingly frank account of Damon's life from a child to the present day. Struggling with the tragedy of his father's untimely death and finding his way in life; I found it inspirational. A story of triumph in sport and in life. Damon is a proper good bloke and deserves all the good things that have come his way because he has earned them. I tip my hat to you Damon!

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  • Christopher
  • 10-09-17

Enhanced my opinion of Damon

I loved this audio book. I grew up watching Damon as a kid, but never fully understood aspects of the sport as I do now. It has enhanced his reputation, and made me understand him as a person more, and the sport, and his earlier life and troubles. I missed the opportunity to say hi to Damon once at Oulton Park, and wouldn't pass up the chance now. Fascinating!

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  • Ross
  • 09-12-17

Honest

Great emotional story with some awesome F1 insights for any racing fans. Thanks Damon ☺